The vitamin D quick test
The Vitamin D Rapid Test is intended for the quantitative in vitro detection of vitamin D (25-OH vitamin D) in human serum and blood plasma. The test reliability of the rapid test used is about 95%. The vitamin D rapid test can be carried out in selected pharmacies and provides the result within 20 minutes.
Nutrient concentrations always show your current nutrient supply. The laboratory values and indications tested are intended to provide guidance. The results are used exclusively for the prevention and optimization of your diet. They are not intended to replace treatment by a doctor. The results of the vitamin D rapid test are no substitute for a medical diagnosis.
Vitamin D is considered a feel-good vitamin and is especially important for your bones, immune system, and feelings of happiness. However, over half of the population suffers from vitamin D deficiency. However, taking vitamin D supplements as a precaution is not recommended, as an over-supply of vitamin D can have a toxic effect. It is therefore all the more important to check your vitamin D status regularly. Because that's the only way you can give your body what it really needs. The vitamin D quick test shows you immediately how well you are supplied with vitamin D. This knowledge will help you boost your well-being, prevent seasonal mood lows, and strengthen your body from the inside out.
How much does the Vitamin D rapid test cost?
The selling price is at the discretion of the testing agency. We at VIRINNOX only make a recommendation (UVP).
How does a vitamin D rapid test work?
The rapid test takes place directly in the pharmacy and may only be carried out by trained personnel. You will receive the rapid test as follows:
- Registration and appointment under https://service.virinnox.com/
- Assignment of an automatically generated reference number by e-mail (if you do not find it in your inbox, check the spam folder)
- Carry out the rapid test in the pharmacy (take the reference number with you!) )
- Payment at the pharmacy
- Test result in 20 minutes (by mail/telephone)
No other utensils are needed for the evaluation.
Covid-19 and vitamin D
Several studies have now (September 2021) found that vitamin D levels and COVID-19 disease progression are related. According to Prof. Biesalski, vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of severe COVID-19 disease. This may be due to the fact that vitamin D levels have a significant influence on the immune system, but also due to the connection of vitamin D with other factors.
On the one hand, it has been known for some time that the majority of the population at our latitude suffers from a vitamin D deficiency. This can have various consequences, such as sleep problems, osteoporosis, low mood and also a weak immune system. The measures taken during the pandemic add to the fact that people have fewer opportunities to expose themselves to the sun and thus replenish their body's vitamin D stores. Likewise, COVID-19 at-risk groups (persons over 65, obese persons, etc. ) Problems making vitamin D to the full extent.
Therefore, whether you are a high-risk group or not, it is important to check your vitamin D levels regularly and if you are deficient, take steps to raise your vitamin D levels.
It should be noted that vitamin D supplements are classified as dietary supplements and cannot cure SARS-CoV-2 in the sense of a drug! Under certain circumstances, however, the course of the disease can be positively influenced by an optimal vitamin D level in the case of corona disease. (Prof. Dr. Biesalski)
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Vitamin D rapid test
Vitamin D is only absorbed in very small quantities through food. Up to 90% of vitamin D is produced by the body itself, namely in the skin as a result of sunlight. However, due to our modern lifestyle, especially by spending too little time outdoors and using high sun protection factors, in many cases the body's own vitamin D production is no longer sufficient. A deficiency is therefore no longer limited to risk groups such as small children, pregnant women, people with dark skin and the 50+ group, but can affect anyone. Vitamin D deficiency is especially easy to diagnose after the sunless winter season. When taking vitamin D preparations, it is advisable to check their effectiveness at certain intervals. This allows an optimal adjustment of the dose to seasonal fluctuations in light conditions and individually varying needs.
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The test is performed in the pharmacy by trained personnel. A sample of 40μl whole blood will be taken from your fingertip using a sterile safety lancet. The first drop of blood is wiped off with a disinfectant wipe and the second drop of blood is transferred to the test cassette using a disposable pipette. There is one test cassette per person. You will receive the test result in 20 minutes on site, or confidentially sent to the telephone number or e-mail address provided.
A test kit based on an immunofluorescence assay is used to detect the vitamin D concentration in human blood. Vitamin D (25-OH-Vitamin D) from the blood sample binds to highly sensitive anti-human monoclonal 25-OH-Vitamin D antibodies on the test kit surface. This produces a fluorescence signal that can be analysed and evaluated using a test device.
Vitamin D belongs to the group of calciferols, which is a collective term for various substances of this kind. Calciferols can be ingested in active or inactive form through food.
However, the body is also capable of producing a precursor itself: this occurs in the liver and in the intestinal mucosa. The precursor requires an activator to generate effective vitamin D. This activator is found in sunlight (UV light), so regular exposure to the sun is essential for the production of vitamin D in the body.
The functions of the fat-soluble vitamin in the human body are numerous. Vitamin D strengthens the cardiovascular system, for example, and has an effect on the function of the thyroid gland and thus also on hormone balance and the immune system. In addition, vitamin D plays an essential role in regulating calcium levels, thus supporting bone mineralization. A well covered vitamin D level is therefore an important protection against osteoporosis. Likewise, the promotion of muscle development and function are associated with vitamin D. This is particularly important for older people, as they often have a low vitamin D status. In addition, it supports glucose utilization, which is why vitamin D is especially important for diabetics. Vitamin D is also known for its positive effects on the state of mind. Recent studies indicate that too low a vitamin D concentration is linked to moods and even depression. It has not yet been clearly established whether the lowered concentration contributes to the disease or whether the disease condition lowers the vitamin D level.
The decisive factor is above all the lifestyle: Few stays in the fresh air and thus no direct UV radiation are reflected in a low vitamin D content. Furthermore, heavy metal contamination in the body can play a role, which can be caused by smoking, for example. Such chronic stresses can lead to a blockage of vitamin D activation. Biological age also has an influence, as kidney function, which is important for vitamin D metabolism, declines over the years. This is why older people in particular should make sure they get enough exercise in the fresh air. Seasons and latitudes also influence vitamin D levels: Low sun intensity in winter and short duration of sunlight have a negative effect. Digestive disorders can also play a role: chronic liver and/or gallbladder diseases, as well as disorders of the digestive tract that cause fats to be poorly absorbed, reduce the uptake and storage of vitamin D.
If you have an established vitamin D deficiency, especially in winter and with an office job, vitamin D supplementation makes perfect sense. Vitamin D is also increasingly used in therapy as a supplement. A balanced vitamin D balance leads to a significant improvement in bone structure. Vitamin D supplementation is therefore recommended especially for people with osteoporosis. High vitamin D administration is also commonly used for inflammation and pain. Vitamin D is important for the improvement of classical inflammation parameters, such as CRP or cytokines. Also well known is the administration of cod liver oil (contains a lot of vitamin D) in case of illness. The positive effect on the immune system is increasingly confirmed by science: Vitamin D is beneficial for your immune system!
Sunlight and vitamin D also seem to play a big role in the nerve disease multiple sclerosis. In areas with high solar radiation the disease hardly occurs. Intervention studies with vitamin D also show a stabilizing effect, that is, an improvement in characteristics. Vitamin D is also administered in high doses for psoriasis: Vitamin D helps regulate and develop healthy skin cells, supporting a healthy complexion. Vitamin D is also important for dental health: it reduces the risk of periodontal disease and tooth loss. A research topic that is still open is the connection between vitamin D and some forms of cancer. Some studies suggest an improvement in the clinical picture, but more research is needed.
As with all diagnostic tests, a final diagnosis should not be made on the basis of a single result, but only after the clinical picture has been fully clarified by the attending physician.
Supplementation should be based on current vitamin D levels so that a correct dose can be taken.
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The results of the vitamin D rapid test are divided into 4 levels:
- 0-10 ng/ml - severe deficiency
- 11-30 ng/ml - deficiency
- 31-100 ng/ml - optimal supply
- 100 ng/ml - overdose
Attention: The interpretation of the measured value may differ from this table depending on individual health and physical conditions. If you have any questions about the interpretation of the measured value or about treatment (vitamin D supplementation), please contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Bischoff-Ferrari HA (2014) Optimal serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels for multiple health outcomes. In Sunlight, Vitamin D and Skin Cancer (Advances in experimental medicine and biology), Reichrath J (ed) pp 500-25. New York: Springer-Verlag.
- Gupta AK, Jamwal V, Sakul & Malhotra P (2014) Hypervitaminosis D and systemic manifestations: A comprehensive review. J. Int. Med. Sci . Acad. 27: 236-237.
- Kimball SM, Mirhosseini N & Holick MF (2017) Evaluation of vitamin D3 intakes up to 15,000 international units/day and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations up to 300 nmol/L on calcium metabolism in a community setting. Dermatoendocrinol. 9: e1300213.